Russia to file lawsuit to civil court if CAS decides against athletes

Russia to file lawsuit to civil court if CAS decides against athletes - sports minister

Russia will file a lawsuit to a civil court if the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne rejects the claim from the Russian Olympic Committee regarding Russian athletes, Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on July 10.

"I believe, if we do not find justice at CAS, we shall address a civil court," he said.

The sports minister condemned the IAAF’s decision not to allow Russian athletes to participation in international competitions, except for long jumper Darya Klishina, trained outside Russia.

"IAAF is an organization, where former president is under investigation, and vice president, who worked with him, and the people, who were responsible for the doping policies, they all are where they were," he said. "And now IAAF judges us, teaches some criteria. This all is very shameful."

In early January, the Association’s former marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack was suspended for life from any activities related to athletics. Besides, IAAF former President Lamine Diack is under investigation on charges with taking a bribe of ˆ200,000 to delay sanctions against Russian athletes. France’s prosecution continues investigation into Diack and his former advisor Habib Cisse.

Following its session in Vienna on June 17, IAAF decided to keep in force the earlier imposed suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership in the global athletics body.

The suspension implied that Russian field and track athletes were ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil except those, who proved to be doping-clean.

The IAAF announced late last month that it amended the organization’s regulations in order to allow field and track athletes from Russia to submit individual applications for international tournaments.

The world’s governing body of athletics, however, emphasized that Russians, admitted to competitions on an individual basis, would be unable to perform as part of the national team and would participate only under the neutral flag.

July 4 was set as the deadline for the submission of individual applications, while the 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne announced on Monday that it received a filed lawsuit from the Russian Olympic Committee against IAAF in defense of 68 national field and track athletes wishing to participate in the 2016 Summer Games. The hearings are due July 19, the verdict will be announced no later than July 21.


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